A tall tree is a gift to everyone around it. Besides their enduring beauty, tall trees are natural air purifiers that help cool our homes and provide shade. They also serve an important function in our ecosystem by providing a natural habitat for many animals. But like all trees, tall trees need to be trimmed occasionally to protect the tree itself and anyone who could become injured by a broken limb.


In this post from Minnesota’s Vital Tree Service, we’re breaking down everything you need to know about trimming tall trees. To schedule tree trimming services for taller trees on your property, give us a call today.

Why Tree Trimming is Important for Tall Trees

Far too many homeowners put off tree trimming until it’s absolutely necessary or think of it more like tree pruning. While tree pruning is done for cosmetic reasons, tree trimming is necessary to ensure a tree’s healthy growth. And whether you’re trimming or pruning a tree, it’s essential to do it correctly and safely for the health of the tree and the person or crew trimming it.


Here are a few rules of thumb to follow when trimming or pruning a tall tree:

1.    It’s important to use the right tools for the job.

Tree trimming isn’t a one-size-fits-all job, which is why the last thing you want to do is to trust your neighbor’s buddy and his trusty chainsaw to trim your prized tree for you. For new growth, you need the precision of sharper blades, whereas heavy-duty work requires a tool that gives the trimmer extra leverage. For old, dead branches, anvil blades are needed. Finally, a professional tree trimming company will have the right safety equipment to conduct the job safely.

2.    Tearing bark can injure the tree.

Any amount of bark damage can leave a tree susceptible to infection. When your trimmer hasn’t used the right tools for the job, your tree can end up with a bark injury that could threaten the health or life of the tree. A professional tree trimming company understands how to safely make cuts with minimal injury to the bark.

3.    The tree should be trimmed strategically.

When a professional tree trimming crew trims your tall trees, they’ll start by identifying the main structure of the tree, or the key branches that make up the tree’s main shape. These limbs should be left intact for the health and natural growth of the tree. Next, they’ll examine the tree for unhealthy or dead branches and trim those first. They’ll also account for the time of year when deciding how much to trim. Finally, they’ll look at any branches that could interfere with the tree’s healthy growth or create a safety hazard on your property.

Call Our Twin Cities Tree Trimming Experts Today

Tall trees need special treatment. When you need tree trimming services in Minnesota, don’t take a chance on hiring just anyone or doing it yourself. Call Vital Tree Service at 651-341-4021 or connect with us online to schedule your tree trimming services today.